From the July/August, 2016 issue of Touchstone
christianity imagination God's Gift of Metaphor by Josh Mayo

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God's Gift of Metaphor

Josh Mayo on George MacDonald & the Christian Imagination

Often we think of figurative speech as something for the poets, a special way of talking or writing. But as George Lakoff and Mark Johnson demonstrated in their landmark study, Metaphors We Live By (1980), metaphor pervades our ordinary way of speaking: "My computer isn't running." "I didn't connect with that thought." "It's growing dark." Everyday expressions like these, they say, reveal how ordinary language is often charged with figurative imagery.

The reach of these figures in human cog . . .


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